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Lynd 3 (1:40)
Topic(s): Biofuels / Foreign Oil
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Well, some people are calling this a perfect storm. I
hope it lasts longer than some perfect storms, but I think the notion
they're getting at is that there are a lot of convergent factors that
have led to seemingly quite a sudden increase in expectation. The price of oil
has been a big factor. The ongoing and reinforced perception of the price of
oil dependence, in terms of security and foreign policy compromises, has been a
factor. Heightened concern over global climate change has been a factor. And
finally, along with all of those increased perception of need, I should also
mention an ongoing sense that rural America would benefit very, very much from
essentially added demand for farm products that many rural communities would
benefit tremendously. And that's— Actually, that's been as
big a policy driver as any, over the past- maybe the biggest policy driver over
the past decade.
So you combine these, all of these rising tides of need,
with the idea— well, with both the reality and perception that the–
of increased possibility with respect to the technology. This has to do with
the cost-effectiveness and the yields, but I think a lot of the issue is people
taking seriously that this might actually be able to be implemented on a truly
large scale, and make a truly large difference, as opposed to being something
that is, you know, the provincial interest of this or that group, or, you know,
would service, in essence, a narrow slice of society.